From the hospital’s front lines: A literal checklist of unsafe staffing concerns during a single shift

26 Aug

MNA Nurses fill out hundreds of Concern For Safe Staffing forms online each month. The story below is just one example of how unsafe staffing conditions inside Minnesota hospitals continue to have negative – and sometimes even deadly – consequences for patients and nurses. (Note: Due to HIPAA privacy laws for patients and concerns for potential workplace retaliation by employers against RNs, we do not identify the specific nurse and/or patient(s) involved in each story in this space.)

Today’s Story:
– 2 RNs for 13 patients. In addition to charge nurse responsibilities, one RN had 6 patients, and the Staff RN had 7 patients.
– Medications not given on time.
– No breaks taken.
– Staff Nurse was on her second shift off orientation and is a new graduate with little experience.
– 3 patients needed total care.
– No additional resources were available – e.g. RNs, nursing assistants, etc.

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